44-year-old man dies in crash involving semi on Interstate 49 near Peculiar

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Scene of a deadly crash on Interstate 49 at Highway J on June 15, 2018. (Photo: KC Scout)

PECULIAR, Mo. — Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a crash that left one driver dead Friday on Interstate 49 near Peculiar.

The collision occurred in the southbound lanes and involved a semitrailer and three other vehicles.

The MSHP crash report says the crash happened when the driver of a Toyota Tundra slowed due to congested traffic and the semi locked its brakes and skidded into the back of the Toyota. The collision caused the Toyota to overturn and leave the road.

The semi continued to skid and hit two other vehicles, a Dodge Caravan and a Chevy Traverse, according to the crash report.

The driver of the Toyota, who troopers identified as 44-year-old Karl Blaser of Butler, Missouri, was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic.

The driver and passenger of the Dodge Caravan and the driver and a passenger in the Chevy Traverse were taken to nearby hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the semi was not injured.

Everyone in all four vehicles was wearing a seat belt, according to the crash report.

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